Judges wield a lot of power. Particularly in their courtrooms, where they are the ultimate authority and their attitude can set the tone for the entire proceeding. Generally speaking, judges are able to balance their power with the quest for justice. But in those instances when the scale gets overly weighted on the side of power, well, the results are just awful.
Take the recent example of Sandra Faye Twiggs, 59, who appeared before Judge Merrilee Ehrlich, a Broward County Florida circuit court judge, on April 15th facing misdemeanor charges following a dispute with her daughter. According to reporting by the Miami Herald, this was Twiggs’s first brush with the law, and it was destined to be her last.